The Amazing Mendes Cohen

Mendes Cohen was born in Richmond in 1796, moved to Baltimore with his family when he was 12 years old, and died at age 84 in 1879.


As you explore this website, you will learn about the world of Mendes Cohen, meet Mendes’ family and join him in many adventures.

Among Mendes’ many accomplishments:

• He fought bravely at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

• He defended his family’s business before the Supreme Court.

• He spent three years traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East where he met with dignitaries, overcame traveling hazards such as shipwrecks, amassed an impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities, and espoused democratic principles.

• He was a devoted son and brother whose many contributions locally helped establish the foundation of a strong Jewish community in Baltimore.

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The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen was created by:

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Special thanks to: 

The David Berg Foundation; The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation; Maryland Heritage Area Authority; Homer and Martha Gudelsky Foundation; The Richard and Rosalee C. Davison Foundation; Morris Schapiro + Family Foundation, Barbara P. Katz; The Eliasberg Family Foundation; Members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Minotaur Mazes.